Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Afflicted (2013)

Our Rating:

IMDb Rating: 6.3 / 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Duration: 86 minutes

We've had a lot of films in the 'Found Footage' genre recently. And I mean a lot. And frankly, they had been getting as stale as year-old pie. Afflicted has broken that biohazard mold.

So, the film is about two friends who decide to go on an around-the-world trip, and document it as a video travelogue. Mysterious incident occurs, and boom- one of them gets afflicted with a mysterious disease. 

I'd thought for a while that I'd get bored, but the plot picks up quite well. The cinematography is really good, and the actors feel natural. The way Derek's disease develops is amazingly portrayed, with the audience going from 'Ok, weird' to 'Awesome! Superpowers!' to "Arghh! What the f***?!?'.

In the second half of the movie, the story starts to lag a bit when we discover the true nature of Derek's affliction, and it seems a bit cliched for some time. Then you get served with an awesome scene involving dark rooms and walls breaking and SWAT teams and guns blazing. I say no more :D 

A commendable job by the actor-producers, considering that this is an indie film.
Worth the watch.

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